Stop 4 – Lockleys Drive

Stop 4

The Rose and Crown

In 1633, there was a pub here called The RoseIf you go into the car park and examine the wall of the barn you will see some of the oldest surviving brickwork in the village.  Notice the “tumbled-in” technique used for the gable ends.  The bricks are “pre-brick tax-bricks”.  They are much smaller than modern bricks.

Church Street, facing east. Collection of Tony Rook

Church Street, facing east.
Collection of Tony Rook

The Vine

The Vine was Welwyn’s second largest coaching inn.  The stables and coach house were across the street, at Vine Farm.

Coach outside the Vine Inn. Collection of Tony Rook

Coach outside the Vine Inn.
Collection of Tony Rook

Rose Cottage

Vincent Van Gogh’s sister Anne is said to have lodged at Rose Cottage when she taught school in Welwyn in 1875-76.  He came to visit her, walking all the way from Ramsgate.  Read his letter to his brother Theo where he describes the walk.

The Chequers

This was a pub from at least 1721-1940.  The sign on the corner is a memorial.

North Lodge

In this clip, Tony discusses the history of Lockleys North Lodge.  There was once a pub, The William IV, in this spot.  The north of end the building housed a weaver’s workshop.   On the south is the lodge for Lockleys, the estate housing the Sherrardswood School, now located on the other side of the motorway.  The lodge may have been designed by Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944).  The drive to the right was the Hertford Road until 1720, when it became the drive to Lockleys.  You can still see one of the original gate posts.  The drive was cut by the bypass in 1926 and the motorway in 1972.

View up the Great North Road, past the Lodge. Collection of Tony Rook

View up the Great North Road, past the Lodge.
Collection of Tony Rook

Vine Farm

This building dates to c. 1820.  Once the stables for The Vine Inn, it was the mid-Herts police station before a new one was built in Welwyn Garden City.

Gothic House

 

Gothic House is a fine example of Victorian polychrome brickwork.

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